Monday, July 16, 2012

Put this on your menu

 A few times a day, I think of things I'd like to tell you, but then before I know it, my brain has expired or I'm not home or I just don't feel like firing up the laptop.

I don't know what has become of me, but I remain cautiously optimistic that it's just a phase.

A funk, maybe.

A consequence of the never-ending heatwave.

Sidnote: Saturday night I was heading out to meet a friend for dinner. I had the radio cranked way up. I was exhausted to the point that I cried salty tears 30 minutes before leaving, saying to Cory, "I'm just too tired to get ready. I'll be terrible company. I waited too long!"  (dramatic much?)

Anyway, I was spiffed up and re-energized and free as a bird, when what did I notice gathering on the horizon? Storm clouds, people.

The wind kicked up and I got the strangest feeling of giddiness. I drove on, looking out across the scorched fields, praying for that rain. I may as well have been Ol' Ray himself (the codgery farmer who lived across the road from us when I was a kid. R.I.P.)

Just when things reached a fever pitch, it was over. The clouds hightailed it both north and south and we were left without a single drop.

I was jealous. I coveted my neighbor's rain. I felt like we never get anything.

Then I bought earrings for $4 and ate a plate full of taquitos and didn't think another thing about it.

Ol' Ray wouldn't have recovered so quickly.

The point is, it has been a weird summer. We're busy in good ways and bad but mostly, I find myself just taking a breather. Or rather, I find myself so worn out at the end of the day that I take to my bed with a book and call it a (late) night.

Well, that and The Bachelorette. I do make time for her.

Why is she so beautiful? I mean, the girl is scary beautiful. And why is it already so obvious that there's no way she'll choose Jef? I blame editing. They should know better by now.

Also, is Jef a Mormon? If so, how does he pull off all the beer? The first time I saw Jef I rolled my eyes and thought, oh geez. There's the weirdo with the skateboard and the pompadour hairdo. Every season has one. But I have to admit, I now find him quite dreamy, mostly because he's 1) part nerd and 2) extremely genuine 3) normal with a capital N.

Say what you want about reality television or the state of mankind - I Love The Bachelorette. I need Chris Harrison to stay the heck in my life. I know the love will never last, but I'm that rare sucker optimist who believes that you really do see a flicker of real life and humanity. Do you see real love? Absolutely not. But look close, and you'll see the heart of some people. You'll see boys acting nervous and a girl who really loves her daughter. You'll see people make the wrong choice almost every single time and you'll start to notice a pattern, which is this: Girl must choose between guy who "gets" her and guy she barefly even spoken to because she "can't stop kissing him". She will always choose "chemistry" over stability. And they will break up in exactly 2.5 months.

It's high-def people watching, is what it is.

And it's the only television show I have watched all summer long. It's just that important. It pairs so nicely with a bowlful of Ranier cherries or a vat of salsa. I have skipped numerous seasons of The Bachelor, but I almost never skip The Bachelorette.  1) It's not as slutty. 2) The guys get along better and generally enjoy less drama. 3) See 1 and 2.

Suffice it to say, this season is a top priority. It may be so important, in fact, that a certain other adult who lives in my house also can't bear to miss a single moment. But you didn't hear that from me.

In a cruel twist of fate, we do not get ABC, so we have to wait until Tuesday to watch it online, so NO SPOILERS. We're ghetto Amish over here. We can't even help it.

Okay. Well. Now that I've gotten all that off my chest, here's the real reason I came:

I'm such a sucker for combinations of vegetables. This salad is entirely raw and was adapted from a recent BH&G recipe.

Corn Salad

1/2 c cider vinegar
1/4 c sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp coarse ground pepper
4 ears fresh corn
1/4 c finely diced red onion
1/2 c cucumber, seeded
1/2 c diced orange pepper
1 c grape tomatoes, halved
2 T flat parsley, chopped
3 T basil, chopped
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups arugula

This is my adaptation of the original recipe, found here. When I make it again, I may try the juice of a lime and olive oil in place of the cider vinegar and sugar.

So tell me, who has been your favorite Bachelor/Bachelorette contestants of all time? I'll start: Reid. He was so weird. And for the girls, Tina Fabulous was infinitely entertaining.

No haters allowed, please. This is sacred ground on which we tread.

If you are really unable to play along, just give us your favorite summer TV snack.

Triple bonus points if you give us both.

69 comments:

  1. Summer cant miss? So You Think You Can Dance. I cry at least once per episode. Hubby might, too.

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    1. Thought you said show. Not snack. Snack? Blueberries by the bowl-full.

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  2. My husband totally hates on the show the entire episode, but he secretly loves it. Jef's family is definitely Mormon, so I'm not sure how he gets away with all of the beer swilling. I have secretly fallen in love with him too. Heck, his company is all about providing clean water in Africa so how could we not love him.

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  3. the bachelorette. i feel like i have something to say about that.
    instead, let's talk about this salad. i need it in my life.
    LOVE you xo

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  4. Well I used to watch until Dr. Travis Stork and I just thought him and the girl (who surprisingly can't remember the name of ) were really going to last forever I mean it was a no-brainer they seemed so normal and they lived practically down the street from each other. when they broke up I REALLY couldn't beleve it. or wait it was the one with the guy in Italy because they brought in 2 girls who were form Italy and did not speak English. The bachelor and the one Italian girl had perfect chemistry, but of course theere was the language barrier and I thougth...here it is True Love will overcome this, he will learn her language and they will live happily ever after and guess what...he didn't give her the rose. Does anyone else remember these oldies? Is it only me? Anyway I havent' watched since those 2 bachelors.
    Favorite summer TV snack....sliced cucumbers sprinkled with Lawry's seasoned salt!

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    1. I didn't watch the Travis season OR the Italian guy season. Now you've got me wondering what I missed! ;)

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  5. Yes yes to the bachelorette! And I DROOL over her fashion. I actually really like Arie, but am convinced she's gonna pick Jef. Don't lose hope! :)

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  6. Sorry. I'm not a fan of the show. Can't get past all the physical stuff going on with all the different prospects. Not hatin' just not likin'.

    Snack? It's popcorn with all the guys in my house. Every.stinking.night.
    I like homemade peach ice cream or fruit pops in the summer.

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  7. Aaron from season 2 (or 3) - only because I met him at his restaurant in my college years and told him he needed to-go boxes. :)

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    1. You are practically famous!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I liked his season, too. It was from the way-back!

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    2. It was a fun night with my friends. My (married) friend yelled in the parking lot (after we met him), "This is the greatest night EVER!" We were like junior highers. One of my favorite memories.

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  8. My husband says Bachelorette is my guilty pleasure (even though he watches it with me EVERY week). :) I love popcorn, but tonight I dug out some old licorice from the back of the pantry. Ha! -Maria

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  9. As per usual, you are hilarious.

    Ghetto Amish? LOL and I mean both laugh out loud AND Lots O Love!

    I watched an Amish show on Lifetime the other day as it was also too hot to do much. I was reminded of you. Odd? I see Amish, I think of you.

    I do understand you are NOT Amish, but still..go figure.

    I have never watched a season of the Bachelor OR Bachelorette! Gasp! My best friend is a huge fan, does that count? And I also think Emily is BEAUTIFUL. At least I know who she is...right?

    I may just get Brad to make your corn recipe..with an Amish twist.

    GOTCHA!

    xoxo~

    Tiny

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  10. We only have Netflix, and as I have finished all of Eureka, I am now watching Bones from the beginning. Fave snack? Toss up between fresh peaches and fresh tomatoes with a bit of kraft house Italian dressing, (don't tell anyone, but I will literally lick the plate clean of that dressing and tomato juice goodness).

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  11. I don't have time for the Bach. We'll credit that to a very busy girl.

    Which remeinds me... say hi to Siley for me.

    xxoo

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    1. Oh no you didn't pull the "no time" card! Oh no you didn't.

      :)

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  12. I have snuck a couple of seasons but my husband has forbid me to watch it. Like really forbid me! Funny enough I am writing this on the train back from the city and said husband is sitting next to me on his iPhone reading your post from last week (come crying to me) he just turned to me and told me how much he liked the post and had glowing things to say. I used this as my opportunity to tell show him that other smart, compassionate, God-loving women watch the Bach but he wasn't buying it. He simply said, "not you". Foiled again! At least I've got Project Runway which starts this week.
    As for snack...not much of a snacker but dark chocolate with carmel and sea salt always makes me smile.

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  13. Jef posted this on his twitter tonight: Raised Mormon, helped shape me into the person I am today. no longer practicing. Love the Mormon church!!

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    1. THIS is why I love you people!

      (There may be other reasons, too, I suppose...) :)

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  14. I kid you not. On the way to work I was ranting, in my head, since I was alone, about how dumb the bachelorette is and why do people even watch it? Rants in my head are very judgy. This is how much your opinion means to me: I might watch an episode and see if I'm just being judgy. Truth-to-tell - I will probably get sucked in. I was honest with myself in my rant and told myself that if I watched it I would want to keep watching it. I mean, I did watch Real Housewives all. the. time. before we decided to roll ghetto Amish ourselves and get rid of cable. Now we only get NBC and a lot of Spanish channels. Sometimes. If we cock our heads and stick out our tongues and attach binder clips to the antenna. Not kidding. I would never kid about being that fabulous. I might however not have time to add a new show to my hulu repertoire because....drumroll...we're going to get our boy. On THURSDAY!!!

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    1. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!

      Well, you just totally put trashy reality tv right into perspective.

      Go get that baby! And report back, please.

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  15. I love your blog and your writing, but you somehow managed to move up a couple of notches by this disclosure! I have to admit to really loving The "Bachelorette", in particular. Somehow, I have convinced myself that because a girl is doing the choosing there is somehow more of a chance for true love?! I think Ryan and Trista have proven this! ;) And every week that I watch, I can't get over how beautiful Emily is - like out of this world beautiful. I don't know if I have seen anyone that perfect in real life! I so hope you are wrong and that she is going to pick Jeff!

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  16. Love your snack notes and am a fellow team Jef girl. But from the kindest place in my heart, I wish you would reconsider using the word "ghetto" the way you do here -- to mean something shoddy or tacky. It's a usage I recently dropped after reading this quote: "Not so long ago, persecuted groups in Europe were forced to live in ghettos until they were slaughtered. And in America, ghettos house underprivileged communities in blighted urban neighborhoods.....the word doesn’t mean shoddy. It’s a synonym for shame on us. So scrub it from your repertory." -JM

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    1. I guess I'm coming from this angle:

      4. (adj.) jury-rigged, improvised, or home-made (usually with extremely cheap or sub-standard components), yet still deserving of an odd sense of respect from ghetto dwellers and non-ghetto dwellers alike

      But thanks for being so nice. Truly!

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    2. For sure, Shannan -- one can't give unsolicited advice without accepting that not everyone will agree with it! I really love your blog and look forward to more great reads. And I will definitely try your salad this week if I make it to Trader Joe's for arugula. My CSA just dropped off corn and I'm thrilled. -JM

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  17. I'm just sorta dumbfounded trying to figure out how it seems the rest of the world watches a show I wasn't even aware of. And eats so many veggies and fruit as a snack. I thought everyone else watched hgtv. And ate ice cream too. Who knew?

    xo ellie

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  18. I watch all manners of reality tv, (hello dance moms and my new favorite, cheer something or other...)but have somehow gotten away from the bachelor/bachelorette. I think Bob was that last one I watched. And that was what, 47 years ago?

    Anyway.

    My favorite summer snack is watermelon. I may or may not have eaten a whole sugar baby for lunch yesterday. Yup.

    And cider beer. I do enjoy sitting on the front steps with my husband, watch people walk their dogs by, get sprinkled by the sprinkler as Ellie runs through it, with a nice cold cider beer in hand.

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  19. My husband and I got the rain.

    We were in Bluffton staying at a KOA. (I think that's east of you.) One minute were were playing cards and the next minute we were on the cabin porch hoping it would continue...a nice stay rain for the farmers. It drizzled through the night - like God left the tap on. (And, in the morning the corn looked cheery. Not that I would know what cheery corn looks like being a city girl and all. But I swear the gold tassles were golder.)

    Now here's a weird coinkydink.
    I kept thinking that the family in the cabin next to us thinking they were you. Now, they weren't. But there was this cute woman and a nice man (who wasn't Cory) and a family of perhaps adopted kids who looks like the U.N. had shrunk itself. Cute!

    And, the kids...played right through that rain :)

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    1. No, it totally was not.

      April Fool's???

      (I'm in a bit of a strange mood...it's the heat!)

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  20. Um, corrections.
    we* were
    steady* rain
    ...oh, I give up.
    It's too early for speeling ;)

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  21. I haven't watched a season of the Bachelorette since college, when we'd have ladies wine night with BOXES of wine and lots of spaghetti... now I'm feeling nostalgic.
    This summer, my husband and I are hooked on Bunheads, but, like you, have to watch it after the fact on Hulu. I really just like it because if I squint my eyes just right, I can pretend it's Gilmore Girls come back to life :)

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    1. Yes! Bunheads is awesome, my fiance and I watch it every Tuesday on Hulu! I hope it gets renewed for more seasons, it's Gilmore Girls reincarnated for sure!

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  22. OMG.....talk about guilty pleasures....I just can't miss The Bachelorette! And yes, Emily is too perfectly beautiful.
    As for the other adult in my house....also doesn't miss it and then spends the next hour (day) analyzing and predicting! TOO DANG FUNNY!!! Always paired with freshly popped popcorn!

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  23. I can barely admit it in print. But we (one of us being male) watch and laugh. She is so pretty! I wish she wouldn't curse so much, though. Not a southern lady-like quality. Atleast not on TV!
    Anyway, I loved the Chris guy on Ally's season. The one that she let go the night before the final rose. I am not sure why, but he was the most down to earth, unassuming guy, who laughed at his own awkward, and he had lost his mother... and he loved his dog.
    I mean, come on, what is more romantic than that? I beg to differ, I really think she will choose Jef. But I am not too excited about the Mormon thing.

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  24. Hmm. I never thought about that comparison btwn. Bachelor & Bachelorette (the "less slutty" & the group getting along better/less drama). Great observation--- and possibly a good reason for me to tune back in (since those reasons were why I quit the series altogether ;P ). Also, I agree about the fact that the contestants always seem to make "chemistry" the driving reason behind their final choice-- when we, the uninvolved viewers *clearly* see that is not the best match :D.

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    1. Also, there's this: Emily did not spend the night in the fantasy suite with any of the dudes. I cheered out loud.

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  25. Hey! I'm not sure if someone already told you this BUT Emily does pick Jef! Skateboard riding, pompadour wielding, beer swilling Jef. It's true...well, at least that's what Reality Steve says.

    Snack=Sliced cucumbers marined in rice wine vinegar. It's a California thing.

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    1. Hey! Thanks for heeding the "no spoilers!" request!

      For. The. Love. Of. Pete.

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  26. That looks so yummy! Wish I could reach through the screen and set it on my table!

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  27. please do not pull the plug on me, but i have never watched a single episode. i'm sorry. but snacks! those i am familiar with, and my latest favorite is just a bowl full of berries with sugar and milk. so good.

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    1. This snack option is dangerously close to "soggy". But since it's you, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. But I won't try it, because, you know the soggy factor.

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  28. That salad makes my caesar salad look all wilty and sad. This is the first season of the Bachlorette I've seen since Trista and the fireman ... I think b/c she's a NC girl. Is it just me or is that Ari guy kinda creepy?! I definitely want her to choose Jef with one f. He's a skateboardin' poet.

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    1. He's a creeper. I don't know why. Sometimes his lips blend in with the rest of his face too much. They're too beige. I hadn't noticed the eye thing, but I'm sure I will now! Mostly it just bugs me that he can't kiss her without touching her face so much. I would WIG!

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    2. i like ari!

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  29. barefly, ha ha!

    I haven't watched much of this show myself, but I'm with Ellie, I'm appalled that so many people snack on fruits and veggies. Where are the peanut butter Oreos?! The Doritos dipped in sour cream?! White Cheddar Cheez-itz?! This explains why I weigh approximately 29 times more than you.

    Although your salad looks good enough to eat. I might give it a whirl.

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    1. You had me at Doritos dipped in sour cream! Bonus points for use of "appalled". It really is appropriate.

      Does it help that I had a bowl of homemade ice cream last night during the show? (Cory rigged the antenna and we caught the signallll!)

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    2. It does help. I just knew you were made of sugar and spice and chips and salsa.

      In honor of this fine community, I chose watermelon for my midnight snack last night. Solidarity, baby. Tonight might be cupcakes. But still.

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  30. shannan, will you tell about that cool necklace you are wearing in the previous post? did you make it? i love it so!

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  31. i also read an interview with jef that said he was raised mormon just no longer practices himself. and i hope she picks jef! theyve got something cute and special. and i kind of feel like arie looks cross eyed or something...or maybe his eyes are just set close together? that sounds awful, doesn't it?! either way, i'm rooting for jef! and can we talk about her outfit the night she sent sean home? the simple tank with the sequiney skirt? loved it.

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    1. Oh, I DIED for that outfit. Could have done without the weird ponytail hairpiece, though.

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  32. I love me some bachelor/bachelorette! My fav was the Bach season with the English guy Matt... he picked his "little monkey" Lorenzo Llamas' daughter Shane and they broke up even before the show aired. They were sizzlin' hot together...I had such high hopes.
    Patti

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    1. REmember when Monkey busted out her giant blush brush when they were out skiing? LOVED it!

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  33. As a fellow Hoosier, I understand your weepiness. It's the byproduct of your brain being dehydrated and on fire. We actually got a sprinkle in New Palestine last night and were dancing like tribal people. Of course, that scared it away. Favorite snack: currently shaved ice. In water, in koolaid, in those fancy mommy juice boxes. All I want is something cool. And Autumn. I want that, too.
    Ronda

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  34. girl i am so in the same funk. i hear ya. we really should talk on the actual phone one of these days. now about the bachelorette. they are making it look like she won't choose either and i swear to GOD if they do that to us after watching ALL season long i might just blow! especially seeing how crazy in love her and arie apear to be...geesh!!! and i know it's not quite right that she's that beautiful. scary almost!

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    1. I'm laughing.
      If you guys talk on the phone, can we have a three way call? for real.

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    2. Let's do it! I'll be the one with the man voice and the screaming Silas in the background.

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  35. Ha ha ha!! Why do you think he is a Mormon?? I can tell you one thing..Mormons, beer and Mormon's drinking beer on national TV don't mix. Love those Mormons!! LOVE!!

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  36. My heart will break into pieces if she doesn't choose Jef. And if she doesn't, I may set out to track him down! I have developed quite the crush on his nerdy/genuine/witty self.

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  37. This is the only show that I watch on TV too. And in a house full of males, it's not the easiest thing to do. I like both of the guys, but reading through some of these comments, specifically the ones about Ari's eyes being to close together..I"m starting to re-think my stance..I really did love the library date whole lot but I love racecar drivers too. hmm.

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  38. I don't watch the Bachelor or Bachelorette often, but I will hulu the last show or so! That being said, I've never thought about it, but you're right - the Bachelorette is less slutty and backstabby and therefore a little more enjoyable.

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  39. Several things on my mind to say here Min - #1 - I'm guessing the second week of July won't work for you. :0) - I haven't seen hide nor hair of the Bachelorette this season. I know this disappoints you greatly, and it disappoints me, to disappoint you - but you see, I'd have to watch in online, as I have no TV box anymore - and law child, I'm just not gonna do that. I have no good reason. Emily is over the top gorgeous, there is no room for discussion there, and YET - there is SOMETHING about her that I can't figure out - something that I don't like. Too many teeth? I'm not entirely sure. Maybe I'm just looking to be catty. As far as your funk goes, I'm in the same one, and I dramatically announce that "I shall never blog again" and then I do - and then, well - I just feel like I need medication. It's the barametric pressure. I'm quite sure of it. There is some odd dry/humid thing going on that has all of our brains out of kilter Even the hens are weird. I think I've said enough.

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    1. yes, agree about the teeth. i still think she's GORGEOUS. but i read somewhere she had veneers put on all her top teeth - reminds me of those click in ones the little girl pageant models wear~

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  40. gotta say, i liked you before.. but this post totally sealed the deal! we are now new BFF's!! ;)

    team jef for me too!!! there's just something about arie that rubs me wrong. maybe it's the way he licks his giant lips right before kissing emily! creepy. :/

    my favorite season was allie. remember frank? i wanted to see them end up together. sad. he's a good friend of a girlfriend of mine.. super sweet christian guy!

    and favorite snack while watching my online reality tv fix.. we don't live in ghetto amish country, but canada. which is probably close to the same thing. ;) would be chips and salsa, with sour cream and tostitos cheese sauce.. they're really yummy all mixed into one giant messy sauce!!

    and good thing when i read the spoiler above i had my fingers in my ears so i didn't hear a thing. ;) my theory is, whoever walks out first. well.. she's not picking. they always do that. rejection first. then, the proposal!

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  41. i watch it every single season...no matter how stupid it is.

    i love her chemistry with Arie but his fetish for touching her face makes me think he's bo brady from days of our lives circa 1993.

    jef is sweet and seems totally normal but i don't know if i see them in the happily ever after category. agree?

    i had this thought on monday night that ABC might seriously let her walk away with NO guy. Maybe they're just tricking us again....they're good at that!

    anywho, what are your thoughts on Sean? I HATED the way he stuck his tongue down her throat when he kissed her, but I think he's totally a keeper.

    The hubs and I are kind of hoping she lets the other two go and begs Sean for a 2nd chance. It's happened before with jason and molly. thoughts?

    love,
    your friend who might just love reality tv more than you.

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    1. I agree (reluctantly) about her and Jef. BUT...we already know that whoever she picks won't last forever, so I'm still rooting for the fun dude!

      I did not notice the Sean tongue thing. Sick! But I did hear a rumor that he may be the next Bach? !!!!!

      And your Days reference is the bomb.

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  42. So I saw this recipe and ran out and bout the ingredients. Immediately. We loved it! (used your lime juice and olive oil instead of the apple cider vinegar) thanks for sharing.

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  43. I love the bachelor. My girlfriends and I get together for cupcakes every monday night to watch. I think the show is so over produced and fake but I'm sooooo hoping this time that Emily & Jef make it. I really liked chris from Ali's season. :) he was so great.

    Also, I'm shocked no one said jake and Vienna!!!

    J/k. Soooo j/k.

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